WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Winner 2018

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Frans Lanting, The Netherlands

Elephants at Twilight

One evening during Botswana’s dry season, I waded into a water hole to capture a shimmering reflection of a gathering of elephants at twilight, with a full moon suspended in a luminous pink sky. The image is my homage to the primeval qualities of southern Africa’s wilderness, the grandeur of elephants, and the precious nature of water in a land of thirst.


Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana: latitude -19.640142, longitude 22.899433 Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana: latitude -19.640142, longitude 22.899433

Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

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Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting, The Netherlands

Over more than three decades Frans has set the standard for photographers. His images have been consistently original, characterised by signature eye-level perspectives and sophisticated lighting techniques. His many honours include the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, a Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society, Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award and The Netherlands’ highest conservation honour, the Royal Order of the Golden Ark.

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